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Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)

 -  Drama | Romance | War  -  10 November 1939 (USA)
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Newlyweds Gil and Lana Martin try to establish a farm in the Mohawk Valley but are menaced by Indians and Tories as the Revolutinary War begins.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lana (Magdelana)
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Gilbert Martin
Edna May Oliver ...
Eddie Collins ...
Christian Reall
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Caldwell
Dorris Bowdon ...
Mary Reall
Jessie Ralph ...
Mrs. Weaver
Arthur Shields ...
Reverend Rosenkrantz
Robert Lowery ...
John Weaver
Roger Imhof ...
Gen. Nicholas Herkimer
Francis Ford ...
Joe Boleo
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Kay Linaker ...
Mrs. Demooth
Russell Simpson ...
Dr. Petry
Spencer Charters ...
Innkeeper
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Storyline

In Revolutionary America, Gil Martin takes his new wife Lana back to his farm in upstate New York. The area is remote and a distance from the fort but they are happy living in their one room cabin. With the declaration independence, the settlers soon find themselves at war with the British and their Indian allies. Their farm is burned out and the Martins take work with Sarah McKlennar. The war continues however as the Martins try to make a new life. Written by garykmcd

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Red-Blooded DRAMA !

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Drama | Romance | War | Western

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10 November 1939 (USA)  »

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Darryl F. Zanuck's Production of Drums Along the Mohawk  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The battle so vividly described by Henry Fonda is the bloody Battle of Oriskany, which had one of the highest casualty rates of any battle in the war. It took place on August 6, 1777 and involved only North American troops: Tory, Patriot, and Indian, and was part what became the overall Battle of Saratoga as the Tory and Indian troops were commanded by a subordinate of General "Gentleman Johnny" Burgoyne. General Nicholas Herkimer, who was wounded in the battle, did not receive adequate medical attention. His leg became infected and he dies ten days later from blood loss after amputation on August 16. He was 49. Despite Gil's claim that the colonials gave them a "licking," the Tories and Indian's suffered only 150 casualties while the Patriots sustained 450. See more »

Goofs

When Gil is running to the next fort for help he crosses a stream with the 3 Indians in hot pursuit. The next scene shows him running into the woods and his pant legs are completely dry. See more »

Quotes

Reverend Rosenkrantz: Any man failing to report to duty will be promptly hanged. Amen.
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Opening credits prologue: 1776 AT THE BORST HOME IN ALBANY, NEW YORK See more »

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Yankee Doodle
(ca. 1755) (uncredited)
Traditional music of English origin
Played on fife and drum by marching soldiers and morphed into an orchestral score
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The pioneers, rebuilding their houses and their lives.
29 June 2003 | by (S. Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

When self help books are selling so well, there are some films which have the same effect. As "It's a Wonderful Life" is ideal for someone who is depressed, "Drums Along the Mohawk" should be seen by newlyweds, specially when they are going through hard times. The great heroes here are specially the women, having the gumption to start all over again, when everything is destroyed by the Mohawks, oriented by the British. At the beginning, before the first attack, they are talking about material objects like Wedgewood pottery, but it all changes, themselves included. Edna May Oliver gives an impressive performance, she flirts with a much younger Ward Bond and she even scares the Mohawks. Claudette Colbert is better than in any other film I have seen her, and Henry Fonda good as always.


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